Friday, March 19, 2010

Maoist arrested in Surat for ‘sedition’

First Published: 23:53 IST(17/3/2010)
Last Updated: 23:58 IST(17/3/2010)
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Less than a month after it filed the first ever case against Maoist activities in south Gujarat, the state police have arrested an alleged Maoist leader for sedition and waging war against the state.
Niranjan Puroshottam Mahapatra (37) was arrested in the diamond city of Surat on March 15, police said.
Sources said Mahapatra was arrested after the interrogation of another Maoist leader, Subhashree Ponda alias Mili Ponda, who was arrested in Orissa on January 2010.
Mili is married to dreaded Maoist, Sabyaschi Ponda. Sabyaschi has been accused of killing 38 Greyhound commandos in Andhra Pradesh and the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, in Kandhamal.
Inspector General (Surat Range), A K Singh, told HT that though Mahapatra does not seem to be directly involved in the Maoist brand of violence, he may be part of the larger conspiracy. “The arrest is extremely significant,” Singh said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, K M Polra, said Mahapatra was staying in Jaganathnagar in Pandesara, Surat. A native of Ganjam district in Orissa, he had made Surat his home at least 10 years ago.
Mahapatra was produced in a local court on Tuesday and has been remanded in police custody for 10 days.


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A suspected Maoist rebel was arrested from Gujarat's Surat town Wednesday, police said.

According to police, Niranjan Mahapatra was living in the labour area of Pandesara for quite some time and was involved in provoking labour unrest.

Surat range Inspector General of Police A.K. Singh termed the arrest as 'significant' but held back further information, saying it would hinder investigation.

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Man arrested for indulging in Maoist-related activities

Surat, Mar 17 (PTI) One person has been arrested from Pandesara industrial area here for allegedly collecting funds for Maoists, police said today.

Niranjan Mahapatra of Orissa was arrested yesterday by the district police, they said.

Mahapatra was indulging in Naxalite-related activities in the city and also collecting funds from the labourers who had come for Orissa and other Naxal-affected states, they said adding he was also trying to establish his network in the state.

Mahapatra was arrested and produced before the district court which sent him to police custody for 10 days.

Further investigations are on in the matter, police said adding they are looking into the links of Mahapatra with Maoist leaders in other states.

Last month, Gujarat police had filed an FIR against CPI (Maoist) in the state to investigate their plans, activities and to identify persons involved in spread of the banned organistion here.

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